New South Wales has beaten Victoria to secure Australian writer/ director Alex Proyas' $150 million fantasy adventure Gods of Egypt
The film stars Australians Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Courtney Eaton alongside Gerard Butler and Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Set in mythical ancient Egypt, Gods of Egypt follows the story of a young thief (Thwaites) and his mission to bring his true love, Zaya (Eaton), back from the dead. Rush and Butler will play the mythical gods Ra and Set.
According to NSW deputy premiere Andrew Stoner, Gods of Egypt will create around 400 jobs in the film sector, and will contribute around $75 million in direct production expenditure to the NSW economy.
“The NSW Government has worked hard to put the state on the international film production map over the past three years. These productions have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in NSW, including substantial amounts in regional areas, creating hundreds of jobs,” Stoner said.
Filming will take place at Sydney's Fox Studios and is expected to take five months.
Proyas, one of Australia's internationally acclaimed filmmakers, is known for I Robot, The Crow and Dark City.
The director, writer, producer called the film, "substantially an Australian production".
Gods of Egypt has received the Australian federal government's 40 per cent tax rebate to counter the strong local dollar.
Newcomer Courtney Eaton also stars in George Miller's Mad Max reboot Fury Road - in cinemas May 2015.
Gods of Egypt will be in theatres in 2016.